Bullets locked and loaded for 2023

Published on 30th November 2022
Author George Dodds

Your Berwick Bullets are loaded for 2023 with the National Development League play-offs once again in their sights.

But while the Bullets were one of six teams to confirm their intention to participate it will be January 17 before final confirmation of the structure which will allow the future of two teams to be settled.

A preliminary meeting of clubs on Tuesday saw the Bullets, defending champions Leicester Lion Cubs, Belle Vue, Kent and Oxford of the 2022 competitors confirm their return alongside Workington Comets who are back in speedway for the first time since 2018 at the newly constructed Northside track.

Armadale and Mildenhall are currently attempting to overcome stadium availability issues, but Plymouth have announced that they will not be running a side in 2013.

Back again in 2023 … the Bullets and Lion Cubs. Picture: Nia Martin

Teams will be able to build up to a 42-point limit and the NDL will adopt the same system as Premiership and Championship clubs in the new season including aggregate bonus points and Super Heats to decide the destination of the points in the event of a draw either on the night or on aggregate.

It is also anticipated that the transponder system being used in the other two British leagues will be rolled out in the NDL during the season.

Berwick co-owner Jamie Courtney – who also promotes at Oxford – said: “While there are still a few issues over Armadale and Mildenhall, and we still very much hope that both sides will come to the tapes in 2023, the continued presence of the other five clubs from last year and the addition of Workington is a big boost to the division.

“Everyone knows that our vision at Berwick – which includes the training track at Duns and the Northern Junior League Academy as well as the Bullets and Bandits – is to provide a pathway for aspiring British riders.

“In just two years we have laid the groundwork and seen Leon (Flint) develop from Bullets’ captain to Bandits’ captain and heat leader, becoming a double British champion along the way.

“There is some really good talent graduating from the British Youth system at the moment and the NDL plays a big role in moving them into the higher divisions.

“It also allows us to offer a full fixture list over the summer with both the very popular double-headers and standalone Bullets fixtures.”

George Dodds
George Dodds

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